On Thursday 15 September a happy group of Friends eagerly climbed aboard a coach and were transported to the magnificent Art Gallery in Manchester.

After a welcome cup of tea or coffee and biscuits we were ready to take advantage of all that the day had to offer.

Everyone had a lovely time soaking in the beauty of the art on display. Without venturing far, a lovely painting by Rosetti, another by Lowry and vases created by Grayson Perry immediately caught the eye.

It is interesting to note that according to Veronica, whose knowledge of the Collection is second to none, we have in our Collection paintings by fifteen artists whose work is also represented in the Manchester Art Gallery. Most notably we have over twenty paintings of Richard Ansdell RA, they have only three.

This majestic, old building is impressive and has been made more practical for the modern age by additions to the fabric of it which combine well with the original.


As well as enjoying our chosen venue, time allowed us to choose to do a little shopping, have lunch at nearby restaurants and/or briefly visit other historic buildings.

Along with other members of my party, I managed to go the short distance to the fabulous John Rylands Library.



Staircases & lifts in the Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery modern staircase & lifts

Manchester Art Gallery modern staircase & lifts


A lovely, relaxing day out was made possible by organiser, Christine, who manages to make all the planning, booking and activity on the day appear an easy task. In reality it is her hard work and attention to detail which ensures we all return home having had a really happy and enjoyable time away.

Margaret Race